Jeremiah Azu was involved in a dramatic 60m final at the England Athletics age group championships in Sheffield at the weekend. The Cardiff teenager got off to a relatively slow start, but soon got into his stride to challenge Liverpool’s Henry Nwoke for the title with a late dip for the line in a desperately close finish. The commentators initially called Azu as the winner, but it soon became evident no-one could be certain whether the Welshman had retained his title or if Nwoke had just held on to earn the crown.
Taulupe Faletau insists a win over England at Twickenham would help but not define Wales’ Six Nations campaign. Defeats against Ireland and France have left hopes of a successful title defence in tatters for Wales, who play England on March 7. Last year’s Grand Slam winners last won a Six Nations game at Twickenham in 2012, but Faletau says they will not be short of motivation.
Jade Jones has vowed that nothing is going to deter her from making Taekwondo history by winning a third Olympic gold this year despite suffering a knee ligament injury in a competition in Sweden. The reigning World, Olympic and European champion was forced to pull out of the final last week and has her right knee in a brace after suffering a grade 2 tear of her medial ligament. But in typical fashion, the 26-year-old north Walian fired a warning shot to her rivals for gold in Tokyo later in the year by promising to come back even stronger.
Cardiff Blues survived a scare from Benetton Rugby as they held on to beat the Italians 34-24 in a thrilling encounter at Cardiff Arms Park. The Blues only got their noses in front in the final 10 minutes as tries for Jason Harries, Garyn Smith, Ryan Edwards, Seb Davies and Lewis Jones finally broke the Italians’ spirit. Benetton earned a try bonus point through scores from Ian Keatley, Irne Herbst, and two for Toa Halafihi, while Jason Tovey kicked a crucial nine points for the home side.
Wales were ruthlessly “nilled” in their third Women’s Six Nations game of the tournament – going down 50-0 to a France team in a class above at Cardiff Arms Park. The home side came into the fixture looking to put their loss against Ireland behind them and gain a first victory of the campaign. But it France who dominated the contest and their strong, overwhelming performance led to eight unanswered tries.
Melissa Courtney-Bryant claimed her first ever senior British title with a perfectly judged tactical run in the British Athletics Indoor 3,000m final in Glasgow. The Welsh Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist showed great patience during the earlier stages of the race which were run at an almost pedestrian pace. When Rosie Clarke upped the pace with just under 1,000m to go, Courtney-Bryant was one of three athletes who went with her.
James Hunt and Melanie Wilkins overcame strong fields and even stronger winds to claim the senior Welsh Cross Country Championship titles at Pembrey Country Park on Saturday. Hundreds of athletes from primary school age to over 70s travelled from all over the country to brave the elements on the exposed coastal course. Despite the rain which had lashed most of the country over the past two weeks, the combination of the drying coastal winds and layer of sand beneath the grass course, meant that conditions were surprisingly good under foot.
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Mid-Court Player Bethan Happy To Be Back In The Netball Green Of Celtic Dragons And The Red Of Wales
Bethan Dyke announced her return to full fitness by playing a full part in the Welsh Netball Summer Test Series. Wales fought out six games in seven days, winning four, with the mid-court player standing tall at wing-attack or centre. Former Cardiff Met University student Bethan, originally from Bridgend, was out injured... Read More
St Asaph-born Suzy Drane, the current golden girl of Welsh netball, is 101 not out. Drane, a full-time lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, has powered past the century landmark in senior international appearances for Wales - and is closing in on record holder Helen Weston. Wales completed their summer Test series in... Read More
England legend Pamela Cookey believes Wales are using their absence from this month’s World Cup as a spur towards recovery. Cookey was in Cardiff at the weekend, where Wales followed up their impressive 52-47 win over Malawi with another notable scalp as they beat Trinidad and Tobago, 72-74, at the... Read More
Wales 44, South Africa 79 South Africa won the Wendy White Trophy by beating Wales twice in two days at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay. Captain Bongi Msomi and her SA team followed their 84-32 win against Wales on Thursday with another convincing netball success. This was, though, a much improved Welsh... Read More
Wales 32 South Africa 84 Wales named four new senior internationals in their team against South Africa at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay. The visitors, preparing for the Vitality World Cup in Liverpool later this month, won all four quarters and earned an emphatic victory. This is, though, a transitional period for... Read More
Suzy Drane insists a new era for Welsh netball is about to begin even though the national team will be absent when the World Cup starts next week in Liverpool. Instead, Wales are facing their own intense series of matches, including clashes against tournament-bound Malawi and then Trinidad and Tobago –... Read More